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companies. later there is another hearing on efforts to combat sexual assaults at military service academies. our live coverage of the funeral for michigan congressman john dingell continues thursday morning at 10:30 eastern. a funeral mass will be held at holy trinity catholic church in washington, d.c. speakers include bill clinton, house majority leader ten gee hoyer and john boehner. watch the funeral services live on c-span and c-span.coring or listen with the free c-span radio app. next montana governor steve bullock delivers his fourth and final state of the state address. the governor spoke before a joint session of the montana legislature in helena, he outlined his legislative priorities which include economic development, education,
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healthcare and infrastructure. this 45-minute event courtesy of montana pbs. >> ladies and gentlemen, i have the high honor and great privilege to introduce you to the -- to the honorable steve bullock, governor of the great state of montana. >> thank you. [ applause ] >> mr. president, mr. speaker, members of this 66th legislature, lieutenant governor mike cooney, other members of
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the legislature, other elected officials and our tribal leaders, members of the cabinet and my coworkers, my beloved wife lisa and our three kids, caroline, alex and cameron. thank you for the honor of inviting me into the people's house for my fourth and final state of the state address. as has been the case each of the previous times, it's a humbling privilege to stand before you as montana's 24th governor. six years ago i stood at this very spot and i introduced myself by saying, my name is te
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steve and i work for the state. i told you i'd work hard every day, guided by my values, to protect the state that gave me the opportunity in life to go from delivering newspapers to the governor's house as a child, to living and raises our three children in it today. the sounds in the bullock household have changed over those six years. the sounds of young children laughing and playing have turned into silent eye rolls, exasperated sighs of embarrassment as those young children have grown into teenagers. and while my dad jokes and my dabs are awesome, apparently being governor is no longer as cool as it once was.
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though the household sounds have changed there still is a constant reminder to me of the reason i show up for work each day. my family has always shaped my perspective in office because as a father i want my kids and all montana kids to have every opportunity i had growing up here and more. six years after our family moved into the governor's house, six years after i had the honor of first standing before you i am pleased to report the state of our state is stronger than ever. [ applause ] the first time i stood at this rostrum in 2013 i spoke of all the work that we have to do and also of the tremendous
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opportunities that lie ahead. at the time our unemployment rate was 5.6%, now it's at the lowest in a decade at 3.7%. more people are working than ever before in our state's history. we've added almost 34,000 jobs since january 2013, while we have fewer state employees today than the day i took office. wages, they are on the rise. today the average montana worker earns $108 more each and every week than they did six years ago. and that's real money. families are climbing that ladder of opportunity to the middle class. montana's middle class households grew more than any other state between 2013 and
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'16. in 2017 or median household income growth grew nearly 2.5 times the national average. the fastest in the nation. business is booming and it's no surprise. since 2013 we've repealed or revised hundreds of regulations and removed red tape. we've cut the business equipment tax for every montana business, eliminated it for two-thirds of the businesses paying it. we see montana's economic success directly in our communities. 15 months ago we began working with class pass, which is a fitness text start up. they decided among 29 states where to expand their new york and san francisco operations, they chose missoula, montana. originally planning to hire 50
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people, we recently celebrated the hiring of their hundredth and the ceo tells me they plan to hire another 100 in montana this year alone. this economic success it's not confined just to our urban areas. we see it in our rural communities as well. ticket has 100,000 customers. it's the leading company in the world for event and raffle ticket printing, it's also the largest commercial employer in wheatland county, has a customer service team that works remotely from places like big timber, columbus and the suburbs of toodot. we see that success on our native american reservations. in the past six years we've made it easier for businesses located within our tribal nations to work with customers and businesses across our state. we funded 120 businesses that
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have created or retained 220 jobs through the indian equity fund. we also see it on our farms and in our forests. we rank near the top in barly, wheat and organic production. we lead the nation in pulse crops, doubling that acreage since 2013. because of the forest and focus program we produce nearly 200 million board feet of timber in the last four years, retaining 3,000 jobs in the forest product sector and we're now working across landscapes, state, federal, tribal and private. we see that economic success in our outdoors. our clean air, our clean water, our public lands are our way of life, but they're also a key economic driver.
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our outdoor economy generates over $7 billion a year in consumer spending and sustains 71,000 jobs. we see it in our vibrant towns. since my time in office we've helped over 15,000 small businesses expand their footprint through economic development tools that were created under governor roscoe. these programs have supported more than 12,000 jobs and they are also up for renewal this year. i encourage you to continue to strengthen this legacy for our small businesses and for the long term strength of our economy. [ applause ] >> montana has extraordinary economic strength. the fabric of our communities, our schools, our families, our
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outdoors, our main streets, they contribute to our unparalleled quality of life. together we can do more to ensure all our cities and towns make up the best state to live, work, start a business and raise a family. the most important investments we make as public servants will impact montana long after we've completed our time in office. foremost among them is ensuring that our kids, students and workers have a world class education. public education is one of our state's great equalizers. [ applause ] i would not be standing here today if it wasn't for our public schools. no matter who you are, where you
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come from or what your background is, our schools open the doors of opportunity to all montanans. when i first today at this rostrum in 2013 i said that we not only need better jobs, but better schools, too. at that time just 2,500 students were taking dual enrollment classes. today more than 6,000 high school students are taking college classes while still in high school. saving montana families $5 million in tuition each year. and this past fall with the assistance of the university system i launched the one-two-free dual enrollment program so that high school students can take their first two college classes without paying a single penny in tuition. now, back in 2013, less than
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three quarters of school districts in our state had access to high speed internet. today 98% of districts are connected to high speed internet at less than half of the cost. teachers are using 21st century technology to prepare students in an increasingly technology-driven society. in 2013 breakfast after the bell was almost unheard of. over 20% of the kids across montana were considered food insecure. since then over a third more income eligible students are getting school breakfast. we've joined with the private sector in expanding breakfast after the bell to well over 100 new schools. i want to thank those partners, private sector partners, and my wife lisa for all your efforts
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to end childhood hunger. [ applause ] >> in 2013 not a single one of our two year or tribal colleges was offering apprenticeship with training to connect students to good paying jobs. we now have apprenticeship coursework in seven out of ten two-year colleges and five of our seven tribal colleges. for our veterans we have expanded opportunities to get college credit for prior learning, learning that they gained through their military service to our nation. in 2013 states around the country were slashing university budgets and sad dling students with steep tuition increases.
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instead we -- we -- we've increased investments in higher education while freezing college tuition for the last six years. leading to montana having the fourth lowest tuition and fees in the nation. [ applause ] we've worked together across the aisle, across rural and urban, and in partnership with communities, school districts, and the university system to make record investments in our educational system, offering students the tools that they need to succeed. now, let's go poen that progress we've made, let's build upon it starting with our youngest learners. last session lawmakers from both sides of the aisle worked to provide $6 million to establish
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the stars preschool pilot. part of the premise behind that pilot was to learn whether this would work in our smaller communities. until webo had a start preschool option even the closest child care provider was 30 miles away. the same is the case for alberton. in lewistown i met a woman who told me she made too much money to qualify for head start but couldn't afford to have her son in the kind of quality program that would give him a great start. if it weren't for the stars preschool she would have to drop out of the workforce to take care of her children. in the first year of that pilot 17 programs serving our largest communities like the head start in billings, to some of our smallest like the troy public schools, 93% of the
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participating preschoolers walked out ready for kindergarten. and we know not just from montana's experience, but from the other 44 states prioritizing publicly-funded preschool, that for every dollar invested there is a $7 return in reduced criminal justice and social services costs and in increased earnings. quality preschool is an investment in our children, in our workforce and for our business community. i'm pleased that washington companies, first interstate bank, bnsf, zoot enterprises and other major businesses are former the montana coalition for school readiness and they will be urging this 66th legislature to make a substantial state investment in quality pre-k.
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[ applause ] they and we know that preschool works, so i ask you to invest $30 million over the next two years, $22 million for public schools through the school funding formula and $8 million for head starts and private and community providers through the stars program. let's provide kids and families in rural and urban areas access to high quality, voluntary, affordable options. the future leaders of our state deserve no less.
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and let's not stop there, let's once again freeze in-state college tuition and prevent what is effectively a tax increase on 28,000 montana students and their families. [ applause ] and let's finally join 49 other states providing state-funded, need-based financial aid for students and adult learners. [ applause ] if the 66th legislature, if we're willing to provide $5 million for need-based aid, the university foundations have committed to matching that investment. better opening the doors of access to higher education to all montanans.
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these investments from preschool to higher education, they don't just make a difference today, they will determine for decades to come the success of our students, our workers and our families. another opportunity that we have to impact the lives of montanans is improving the health of montanans, our businesses and our economy. when i first stood at this rostrum i asked that we transform the way that we deliver healthcare, so we can create jobs and take care of those who need it most. at the time our uninsured rate was at a staggering 20%, it's now the lowest it's ever been at under 8%. in 2013 we were investing just
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$75 million annually in community-based mental health, substance use treatment and services for children, seniors and people with disabilities. today we are making record investments in these services. over $135 million each year, plus serving an additional 13,000 adults, children, and people with disabilities. we have nearly doubled the number of substance use treatment providers while expanding access to 135 locations across our state. and montanans now receive equal treatment under their healthcare plans for mental health as they do for physical health. [ applause ]
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in 2013 there was no consistency in what the state was charged for medical care, but one facility the state was charged $105,000 for a knee replacement of a state employee, six times more than it would cost on medicare. through reference-based pricing we have now made medical costs more predictable, consistent and comparable among facilities. as a result taxpayers have saved over $13 million in state health plan costs in just the last two years. now, i'll never forget a visit to shoto for a community meeting during the 2015 session. i remember the hospital administrator telling me that
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42% of the people that walked through their hospital doors didn't have insurance and the chair of the county commission at the time, joe delwo, telling me that that hospital had saved his life and that if they lost that hospital they would lose their community. in 2015 we came together and we passed one of the most innovative medicaid expansion programs in the entire nation. we required those receiving healthcare to have skin in the game. we collect $5 million a year in premiums. and unlike every other nation or every other program in the nation, we offer those receiving healthcare an opportunity to i'm pro of improve their lives and address their barriers to unemployment by connecting with
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our department of labor. just as our program is unique to the nation so, too, are its results. no other state has increased labor force participation like we have because of our help link program. the work that we've done in montana is our work. it's a national model that other states are looking to adopt. now, if i told you i had a business coming to montana that would create between 5,900 and 7,500 jobs in every corner of the state and that would infuse over $350 million of new personal income into our state, my bet is you would all tell me that sounds pretty darn good. well, that's exactly what medicaid expansion was done for the state of montana. [ applause ]
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and it's also done so much more. that hospital in shoto remains open today. in states that didn't expand medicaid rural hospitals have been closing at rates six times greater than those that did. we haven't lost a one, and uncompensated can a i remember is down 50%. through the expansion that we passed in 2015 we're providing more than just basic healthcare. over 33,000 of our friends and neighbors have received mental health services, almost 10,000
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have been treated for substance abuse. it's that healthcare, physical and mental, that allows people to work. we know in 2017 seven out of ten montanans on medicaid expansion were employed while enrolled. those who are not employed are growing in their careers through school or workforce training. they're either caregivers for a family member or they're sick or disabled themselves. it doesn't make sense to me that when we have a nationally-recognized model that's helping people succeed in today's economy that we would consider any measures that would take health coverage away from working folks, measures that would cost more to administer than provide the services in the first place, or measures that won't past muster in the courts.
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medicaid expansion benefits businesses in every county, all 56 in every industry and of every size. montana legislators, you reflect the businesses of our state. some of you own restaurants, fast food chains or grocery stores. some of you own construction companies or hotels and many of you own small businesses. almost nine out of ten hotel and restaurant businesses here rely on medicaid to provide healthcare for at least some of their employees. two-thirds of our montana businesses and retail, over half of our construction firms, this he rely on medicaid. in total nearly 18,000 montana businesses had one or more of
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their employees enrolled in medicaid in 2017. now, i've listened to concerns from legislators on both sides of the aisle about the need to provide sufficient mental health funding. without expansion kiss those gains good-bye. i hear from you about the need to support rural communities. the rural hospitals that we are sustaining keep those communities viable. i've heard about the need to support our businesses. with almost three out of every five businesses in our state rely on medicaid to provide healthcare for at least some of their employees, you aren't supporting our businesses, big and small, if you roll back the gains that we've made with medicaid expansion. [ applause ] it is critical that we remove
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the sunset on medicaid expansion. that we protect the healthcare for 95,000 of our family, our friends and our neighbors. and that we protect our rural hospitals and that economy. beyond medicaid montanans hope and expect that being covered by health insurance will protect them from financial ruin if they're sick or injured, but sometimes even having health insurance coverage it's not enough. and we can do more. i'm asking you to lower premiums by as much as 20% for montanans covered by individual health insurance by passing senate bill 125 to create a state reinsurance program.
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and montanans should also expect to know what they will be paying for and how much the bill will be even before they receive medical care. house bill 152 would protect us from surprise medical bills that are all too frequent. i ask you to get it to my desk. finally, it makes no sense to me that pharmacists can tell their patients -- cannot tell their patients when there is a different brand of medicine that would cost less than even their copay. that's why we're proposing a measure to put this practice by pharmacy benefit managers to an end. we have the opportunity not only to protect the progress that we've made, improving the health of montanans and our economy, but to build on that progress. the long-term health of our communities also depends on
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whether or not they're able to sustain the strong economic growth our state has experienced in recent years. when i first stood at this rostrum in 2013 i asked you to take advantage of historically low interest rates, invest in infrastructure and immediately create thousands of jobs across our state. we've now gone six years without passing a major infrastructure package. when you take into account increased inflationary costs and borrowing rates, $100 million worth of infrastructure delayed from 2013 would now cost us $154.5 million. and don't kid yourself, this is only going to increase over time. it's not to say that we haven't made progress. over the past six years we have invested $300 million into our communities and in our colleges
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to ensure that at the very least we don't fall further behind. those investments that we've made over these last six years, they've gone to upgrade water, sewers, schools and bridges. in all 56 counties. every single county in our state has gotten a piece of that pie. yet when it comes to major infrastructure package, each time we've fallen just a couple votes short. the failure isn't because of the lack of interest or lack of need, it's because of the two-thirds vote required for bonding. this wasn't always the case. republican governors, stephens, roscoe and martz with mostly republican-led legislators they all passed bonding measures and
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it's time that you do as well. [ applause ] now, what i've proposed is a $290 million investment in infrastructure. in crafting this proposal i've listened to your concerns. i heard you tell me that too much goes to buildings and not enough base infrastructure. i proposed more money for horizontal infrastructure, water, sewer, solid waste disposal, bridges and broadband than i have for buildings. i've heard you tell me that not enough money goes to our rural areas of the state. i included a $44 million grant program for montana's natural resource communities, largely in northern and eastern montana that are impacted by fossil fuel
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development. look, i understand that some you don't like the idea of upgrading or historical society or romney hall, the university system's number one priority, yet i believe that you also understand that both upgrades are desperately needed and both are institutions that we, you and i, are responsible for taking care of, and because of legislative inaction, frankly both are embarrassments. even if despite the demonstrated need you don't like those buildings, recognize this, if we are ever going to break this log jam we need to provide for both rural and urban, for our public institutions and for our smaller communities that cannot pay for their own water, sewer upgrades
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by themselves. we rank 47th in state debt per capita. other states have chosen to incur reasonable borrowing rather than passing on crumbling infrastructure to their kids. we are out of step with the rest of the country. so i ask you to break that log jam. this session let's deliver infrastructure for now and for the future generations that need it. [ applause ] [ applause ]
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now, you and i both know that the distance between helena, montana, and washington, d.c. is measured by much more than the 2,150 geographical miles. we see each other as neighbors first. when making political decisions we still typically share a common set of facts. by and large we treat one another with respect, even when we disagree. our politics are more than a sport or a zero sum game. you don't have to hold a town hall meeting to hear what's on people's minds. i know like me you hear it wherever you go, the grocery store, a church, at high school sporting events. we are closer to the people here and our campaign contribution limits are among the lowest in
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the nation and they'll stay that way because the u.s. supreme court recently rejected a challenge to those limits. [ applause ] it's one of the things we shared, that case. you know when i stood at this ross trum in 2013 i asked the members of the body to help me preserve the integrity of our elections and guaranteed our elections would never become auctions. dark money and outside spending on our state elections was rampant in montana at the time. thanks not 2010 citizens united decision. whether you supported it at the time or not, i hope all members
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of this body can take pride in the fact that because of the disclosure act of act of 2015 many of the dark money groups folded up tents and left our state. [ applause ] >> and forethose that remain dark money groups can no longer hide behind their tax status. they have to report their spending during the last 90 days of our state elections. we should all celebrate that our elections are more transparent, closer to our citizens than perhaps any other state in the nation. and just as montanans now expect to know who is attempting to influence our elections, montanans should also know that the source of that money isn't coming from foreign countries. i'm asking this body to pass a
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law expressly outlawing foreign spending in our state elections [ applause ] it really is. it's a glaring omission we don't have a foreign money ban. other states have already protected their elections. we all know on both sides of the aisle montanans expect the government will work for them. montanans and americans, not anybody else. education, health care, infrastructure. in these and other areas, montanans elected us to govern and to serve. to make decision that is do
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good, rather than do harm. a little over a year ago lawmakers were in the halways of this capitol for my first and only special session. you relayed to me no the months that followed that session that the cuts which many of you in this chamber voted for, many made permanent. . but those cuts resulted in real life harmful consequences for montanans all across our state. just as i have every session, i'm eager to work with democrats and republicans. to ensure that we pass a budget that's balanced and fiscally responsible. but let's make sure that the consequences of 2017 and the resulting special session will serve as lessons learned, not lessons repeated going forward. [ applause ]
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>> now i will insist on a $300 million reserve for unforeseen circumstances. recognize the difference between reserving $300 million and $200 million. that's one bad fire season. that's a 1.3% error in revenue estimating over two and a half years. it's the impact of things that we cannot control, like government shutdowns and trade wars. market volatility and investor anxiety. a $300 million reserve, one that's accessible, not requiring that we decimate government services because the funds become available. it will safe guard us collectively in this body. from these factors beyond our control.
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and it will safe guard us from repeating past mistakes of eliminating or gutting services that montanans rely on. to playbook sure that we have that money in the bank, i am requesting changes that reflect montana's changing economy. by increasing the revenue the state receives from hotel guests, car rentals, investment licenses, tobacco products and hard liquor. let's craft a budget that's balanced, that funds the services montanans expect and leaves money in the bank for unexpected things that might come our way. don't send me a budget where the cuts aren't realized until after you adjourn. and don't send me a budget where i'll have to make the cuts, do the failure of in legislature to leave money in the bank. because if you do, i'll send it back.
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[ applause ] >> i do believe that the budget i proposed is a reflection of the values we hold as montanans. it's a reflection of all the progress we made as a state the past six years and seeks to build on that progress with responsible investments in areas that montanans expect. and it's a reflection of my optimism that we can create a brighter future for everyone fortunate enough to call themselves a montanan. and i am an optimist. six years ago i walked into this job hopeful and determined. and tonight i'm no less optimistic than i was the first time i stood before you. in my very first day in the state i implored this body to
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act, like our kids are watching, and learning from our words and our deeds. because they are. i'm opt michk we can be role model to inspire the next generation. and if some leaders fall short i'm optimistic our friends and neighbors, fellow montanans will demand better of us all. i'm optimistic that we can demonstrate that while we may have our differences at times republicans and democrats can still work together in montana to get things done. and we can do it without ever shutting down a government. i'm optimistic that we can base our decisions not only on today's needs but with an eye toward improving the montana our kids and our grand kids, those future legislators and governors and justices will inherit.
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i'm optimistic because montana, in place, its people, its purpose it built for, a world where the improbable wasatchable. and that's a story that each of us understands. because that's our story. every kid growing up in montana deserves that same promise of opportunity. as we come together in session, the state of our state is strong. we as montanans are strong. and by working together, by following the course that we set, we'll ensure that the montana that our kids and our grand kids inherit is stronger than ever before. thank you. god bless you. god bless montana. and god bless the united states of america.
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[ applause ] our live coverage of the funeral for michigan congressman john dingell continues thursday morning at 10:30 eastern. a funeral mass will be held at holy trinity catholic church in washington, d.c. speak he is include bill clinton. denny hoyer and former house speaker bon boehner. watch the funeral services for john dingell on c-span or or listen with the free c-span radio app. c-span where history unfolds daily. in 1979 c-span was created as a public service by america's
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